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LibraryReads October 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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October 2018 LibraryReads List

The Proposal

by Jasmine Guillory

Published: 10/30/2018 by Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9780399587689

“A disastrous public wedding proposal results in a chance meeting between Nik and Carlos. What follows is a delightfully humorous and sweet story about two people falling for each other while remaining seemingly unaware of their blossoming romance. The book sets itself apart by portraying a self-aware, feminist woman who enjoys positive relationships with female friends. An engaging and upbeat multicultural romance.”

LaNiesha Bowles, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA


The Clockmaker’s Daughter: A Novel

by Kate Morton

Published: 10/9/2018 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781451649390

“Events that occurred in the late 19th century at Birchwood Manor cast their shadows over the next 150 years, with various mysterious voices explaining how those events affected their lives. Attentive readers will be rewarded as clues are revealed. Atmospheric and perfect for gothic fiction fans of Sarah Waters and Beatriz Williams.”

Virginia Holsten, Vinton Public Library, Vinton, IA


Consumed

by J. R. Ward

Published: 10/2/2018 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781501194900

“This first book in Ward’s newest series featuring firefighters in New Brunswick, NJ, includes well-crafted macho heroes, tough female characters, and believable relationships. Readers will be excited to see where this series goes. For fans of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and readers who like gritty and steamy suspense.”

Kelsey Hudson, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI


The Dream Daughter: A Novel

by Diane Chamberlain

Published: 10/2/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250087300

“In 1970, young and recently widowed Carly learns that the baby she is carrying has a fatal birth defect. Enter her quirky but lovable brother-in-law, who proposes a highly improbable solution: travel to the future where a medical procedure exists to save her unborn child. This twisty story with well-developed characters is highly recommended, but with a trigger warning for mothers. A good crossover title for domestic fiction and science fiction readers, and fans of Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Chris Bohjalian.”

Erica Naranjo, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA


The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

Published: 10/16/2018 by Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476740188

“An investigation of the fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986 evolves into a page-turning history of the immense impact libraries and books have had throughout time. Profoundly moving and enlightening, and a clear call to readers to appreciate and support their libraries. For readers who enjoy high-quality narrative nonfiction.”

Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA


November Road: A Novel

by Lou Berney

Published: 10/9/2018 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062663849

“Set in the weeks just after JFK’s assassination, a mob hit man on the run meets a woman who has just impulsively left her alcoholic husband. A beautifully written suspense novel that’s hard to put down, with well-developed, sympathetic characters and plenty of intrigue. Fans of John Hart and Dennis Lehane will appreciate this fast-paced thriller.”

Jill Smith, Bayport Public Library, Bayport, MN


One Day in December: A Novel

by Josie Silver

Published: 10/16/2018 by Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780525574682

“An enjoyable page-turner, with a romance that begins with a chance connection at a bus stop and brews in secret over a number of years. More literary romance than chick-lit, this title would be a good choice for readers who enjoy books by Meg Donohue or Erica Bauermeister.”

Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA


Unsheltered: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

Published: 10/16/2018 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062684561

“Willa and her college professor husband made all the “right” decisions, yet are nearing retirement holding an empty bag. The rise of the service economy, materialism, middle-class disenfranchisement, a labyrinthine health care system, immigration–even Charles Darwin–all factor into this relevant story about social upheaval and an ever-changing American Dream.”

Lori Hench, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD


Virgil Wander

by Leif Enger

Published: 10/2/2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802128782

“Virgil Wander survives a car crash with some speech and memory problems, and encounters a kite-flying stranger searching for information about his long-lost son. Enger explores and intricately layers the feelings and stories of an entire town full of people, each trying to survive their own life-changing experiences. A good pick for readers who enjoy quirky characters and for fans of Kent Haruf.”

Elizabeth Isabelle, DeKalb County Public Library System, DeKalb, GA


The Witch Elm: A Novel

by Tana French

Published: 10/9/2018 by Viking
ISBN: 9780735224629

“This standalone novel has all the things readers love about the Dublin Murder Squad books–well developed characters, exquisite plotting, and deep explorations of human nature. Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.”

Laura Bovee, Chicopee Public Library, Chicopee, MA


A Spark of Light: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Published: 10/02/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781984828095

“This harrowing and insightful novel unwinds backwards in time over the course of a day during a tense hostage situation at a Mississippi women’s clinic and is told through multiple points of view: the gunman, the hostage negotiator, patients, clinic staff, and a right to life advocate. All sides of the abortion issue are explored with compassion through the characters’ stories, helping readers empathize and connect. Fans of Picoult’s issue-driven novels will not be disappointed.”

Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

 

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LibraryReads September 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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September 2018  LibraryReads

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Published: 9/18/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492657965

“Imagine the movie Groundhog Day, except this time Aiden Bishop wakes up each day in a deteriorating manor house, as a different person, and must work out who he is and how he relates to everyone else at the party commemorating the long ago death of a child. If he can’t solve the murder that occurs at the party, he is doomed to continue the loop every eight days. A riveting page turner.”

Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

by Christina Lauren

Published: 9/4/2018 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781501165856

“Hazel is the eccentric, exuberant friend who’ll make you fall in love with her, and she’s not interested in being ‘dateable.’ Josh is busy being a workaholic, trying to make a long distance relationship work, and not pursuing romance with anyone else. But when his sister’s best friend Hazel blows back into his life, he is powerless to resist her genuine joie de vivre. If you’re looking for your next perfect read after The Kiss Quotient, look no further! A lovely slow burn.”

Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI


Lies

by T.M. Logan

Published: 9/11/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250182265

“When Joe unwittingly discovers that his wife has been having an affair with her friend’s husband, his life starts to unravel. It seems that her lover now wants Joe out of the picture. Follow the cat-and-mouse plot as it explodes with a shocking finish! Great fun for those readers who love a good psychological thriller.”

Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI


Night and Silence

by Seanan McGuire

Published: 9/4/2018 by DAW
ISBN: 9780756414764

“Toby is back in this latest installment of the October Daye series. Still reeling and recovering from the events of the last book, Toby and company are laying low. When her human daughter goes missing (again), Toby embarks on a twisty-turny race against time to find her. A solid entry and good choice for libraries with a strong demand for fantasy and urban fantasy.”

Mei-Ling Thomas, Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester, MI


Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

Published: 9/4/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250193162
“A fascinating work of historical fiction about Cathay/Cathy Williams, a former slave turned Buffalo Soldier in post-Civil War America. Her raw and powerful story is sure to be popular with book clubs.”

Sarah Fetterman, Upper St. Clair Township Library, Upper St. Clair, PA

 


Lake Success: A Novel

by Gary Shteyngart

Published: 9/4/2018 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812997415

“Shteyngart delivers another painfully funny novel about ambition, disappointment, and the darker side of the American dream. For fans of witty, offbeat, satirical humor.”

Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Public Library, St. Louis, MO

 


The Dinner List: A Novel

by Rebecca Serle

Published: 9/11/2018 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250295187

“If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be? On her thirtieth birthday, Sabrina finds herself at dinner with her best friend, her ex-fiance, her long lost father, her college mentor and Audrey Hepburn, all with something to say to her. A charming combination of magical realism and romance.”

Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC


Transcription: A Novel

by Kate Atkinson

Published: 9/25/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316176637

“In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie R. King, and John Le Carre.”

Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


When the Lights Go Out

by Mary Kubica

Published: 9/4/2018 by Park Row Books
ISBN: 9780778330783

“After her mother’s death, Jessie is trying is trying to rebuild her life. In her way is her debilitating insomnia and a secret that shakes the core of her identity. Psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator. This one’s for you Gone Girl fans.”

Diane Gring, Chester County Library & District Center, Exton, PA

 


Hitting the Books

by Jenn McKinlay

Published: 9/11/2018 by Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780451492678

“McKinlay’s Lindsay Norris is back for another adventure in Briar Creek. As a fellow librarian, I appreciate her spot on observations of the library world. An upbeat cozy mystery with great characters and strong sense of place. For fans of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries and the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries.”

Carly Budzynski, Salem Public Library, Salem, VA

 

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LibraryReads August 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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August 2018 LibraryReads List

Vox

by Christina Dalcher

Published: 8/21/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780440000785

“In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women’s rights in a fast-paced, compelling story.”

 Jennifer Gaenzle, Fort Fairfield Public Library, Fort Fairfield, ME


Our House

by Louise Candlish

Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451489111

“Full of secrets and surprises, Our House poses the question, “How well do you know the person you live with?” An attempt to co-habitate for the sake of the children leaves divorced mom Fiona alone and out in the cold. Readers will have a hard time putting down this twisty domestic suspense novel. Even after the last page is turned, the characters will linger.”

Annette Herbst, Columbia County Rural Library, Dayton, WA


Bellewether

by Susanna Kearsley

Published: 8/7/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492665274

“A character-driven story with a nice surprise twist, this gothic-style fiction, set in 1759 Long Island, will not disappoint Kearsley’s many fans. Readers who enjoy good doses of romance, history, and magic will be pleased.”

Julie Raynor, High Point Public Library, High Point, NC

 


Good Luck with That

by Kristan Higgins

Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451489395

“Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met as teens at a “fat camp.” When one of them dies young, the others are forced to confront their own struggles with self-esteem and acceptance. With equal measures of humor and heartbreak, this book sparks questions about society’s idea of the perfect size and explores how body image can have far-reaching effects.”

Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT


The Masterpiece: A Novel

by Fiona Davis

Published: 8/7/2018 by Dutton
ISBN: 9781524742959

“Disparate decades of New York City are capably brought to life through two strong and resourceful female characters in Davis’s latest work. At the center is the Grand Central Terminal, which served as an art school in the 1920s, is threatened with demolition in the 1970s, and connects the threads of Clara Darden’s and Virginia Clay’s lives. Well researched and captivating.”

Kelly Baroletti, Wantagh Public Library, Wantagh, NY


The Other Woman: A Novel

by Sandie Jones

Published: 8/21/2018 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250191984

“Emily thinks she’s found the man of her dreams in Adam. But when she meets Pammie, the woman she hopes will be her future mother-in-law, things take a sinister turn. Fast-paced, gripping, and ultimately satisfying.”

Jenny Moore, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR

 


Rust & Stardust: A Novel

by T. Greenwood

Published: 8/7/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250164193

“Disturbing crime fiction based on real events that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. In 1948, fifth grade Sally Horner is kidnapped by a man pretending to be a police officer.”

Ninoshka Aviles, Osceola Library, Osceola, FL

 


Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

by Rhys Bowen

Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780425283523

“The 12th book in the Royal Spyness mystery series finds our heroine, Georgie, juggling all manner of details as she prepares for her upcoming marriage to Darcy. A fun, breezy mystery.”

Cori Dodds, Derby Public Library, Derby, KS

 


Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel

by Ann Youngson

Published: 8/7/2018 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250295163

“A touching epistolary novel about an English farmer’s wife and a museum curator who may be in for an unexpected second act.”

Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI

 


A River of Stars: A Novel

by Vanessa Hua

Published: 8/14/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780399178788

“A Chinese woman makes her way to America with her unborn daughter determined to make a life for them both. For readers who enjoy modern immigration stories like Behold the Dreamers and Little Fires Everywhere.”

Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN

 

 

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LibraryReads July 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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July 2018 LibraryReads List

Spinning Silver

by Naomi Novik

Published: 7/10/2018 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399180989

“A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.”

Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT

 


Clock Dance: A Novel

by Anne Tyler

Published: 7/10/2018 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780525521228

“Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline.”

Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, RI

 


Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel

by AJ Pearce

Published: 7/3/2018 by Scribner
ISBN: 9781501170065

“In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist.”

Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, IA

 


Baby Teeth: A Novel

by Zoje Stage

Published: 7/17/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250170750

“A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter’s schemes for her father’s undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary.”

Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

 


Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott

Published: 7/17/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316547185

“Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense.”

Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, AR

 


Believe Me: A Novel

by JP Delaney

Published: 7/24/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101966310

“An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

 


Caught In Time: A Novel

by Julie McElwain

Published: 7/3/2018 by Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681777665

“The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution.”

Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, TX

 


Somebody’s Daughter

by David Bell

Published: 7/10/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399584466

“Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences.”

Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT

 


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

by C. W. Gortner

Published: 7/10/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780425286166

“A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction.”

Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, WY

 


Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Published: 7/31/2018 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385542722

“Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.”

Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL

 

 

 

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LibraryReads June 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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June 2018 LibraryReads List

Bring Me Back: A Novel

by B.A. Paris

Published: 6/19/2018
by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250151339

“Intensifying psychological suspense. Twelve years after Finn’s girlfriend Layla disappeared, a discovery raises new questions.”

Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

 


There There

by Tommy Orange

Published: 6/5/2018 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780525520375

“A large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. Perfect for readers of character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place.”

Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN

 


Us Against You: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

Published: 6/5/2018 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501160790

“The citizens of Beartown are about to lose their beloved hockey team and their rivals could not be happier. The narrator has you wondering who is going to die and why events occur as they do.”

Gail Christensen, Kitsap Regional Library, Bremerton, WA

 


The Word is Murder: A Novel

by Anthony Horowitz

Published: 6/5/2018 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062676788

“A playful commentary on the mystery genre itself and the first in a promising new series. The author, Horowitz, plays the part of the narrator, and gets caught up in solving a murder with Daniel Hawthorne, an out-of-work detective.”

Amy Whitfield, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

 


Jar of Hearts

by Jennifer Hillier

Published: 6/12/2018 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250154194

“A suspenseful thriller told from multiple perspectives. A Seattle detective must unravel a web of secrets dating back to his high school days.”

Gail Roberts, Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax, VA

 


Dreams of Falling

by Karen White

Published: 6/5/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451488411

“Set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, this story does what Southern fiction does best: family, lies, and secrets. For fans of Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe.”

Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix, MI

 


The Kiss Quotient

by Helen Hoang

Published: 6/5/2018 by Berkley/Jove
ISBN: 9780451490803

“A wonderfully sweet and erotic romance featuring an autistic heroine who hires a hot male escort to teach her how to enjoy sex, but learns so much more.”

Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

 


All We Ever Wanted: A Novel

by Emily Giffin
Published: 6/26/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780399178924

“Great storyline that is relevant to issues both facing young people today and the people raising them. The story keeps you guessing.”

Sarah Trohoske, Erie County Public Library, Erie, PA

 


Little Big Love

by Katy Regan

Published: 6/12/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451490346

“A portrait of a family and a boy’s search for the father who left them, told from multiple perspectives with authentic, likeable characters.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis County Library, Austin, TX

 


How Hard Can It Be?: A Novel

by Allison Pearson

Published: 6/5/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250086082

“Kate is holding it all together, unemployed husband, kids, and parents. So, she reinvents herself as someone younger to secure a job with the hedge fund.”

Toni Nako, The Public Library of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

 

 

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LibraryReads May 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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May 2018 LibraryReads List

Furyborn

by Claire Legrand

Published: 5/22/2018
by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781492656623

“Fierce, independent women full of rage, determination, and fire. The first novel in the Empirium trilogy holds appeal for both young adult and adult readers. For fans of Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, and The Hunger Games.”

Kristin Friberg, Princeton Library, Princeton, NJ


The Other Lady Vanishes

by Amanda Quick

Published: 5/8/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399585326

“Historical romantic suspense. Who would suspect that the quiet California seaside tea shop waitress is actually an escaped mental patient? The second book in Quick’s Burning Cove series has the same 1930s vibe and glamorous, gossipy Hollywood ambiance as The Girl Who Knew Too Much.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY


The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Published: 5/29/2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501156212

“Ware’s best book by far. I finally stopped trying to puzzle it out and just sat back to enjoy the ride.”

Susanne Guide, Union County Public Library, Liberty, IN

 


 The Perfect Mother: A Novel

by Aimee Molloy

Published: 5/1/2018 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062696793

“A frank look at mommy culture wrapped in an original twist on the suburban, psychological thriller.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 


Love and Ruin: A Novel

by Paula McLain

Published: 5/1/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101967386

“Biographical and historical fiction. Another fascinating Hemingway wife from McLain who always writes interesting women and great period detail.”

Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY

 


Tin Man: A Novel

by Sarah Winman

Published: 5/15/2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9780735218727

“A beautifully written story of love, loss, grief, friendship, and acceptance. The story winds in and out of time in a figure eight like waves reaching shore and receding again.”

Donna Burger, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY

 


Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel

by Araminta Hall

Published: 5/1/2018 by MCD
ISBN: 9780374228194

“Disturbing psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator. This is a love story. Or is it? It’s more a story of obsession.”

Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO


Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense

by Julia Heaberlin
Published: 5/15/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780804178020

“Grace has spent years secretly investigating the disappearance of her older sister. Grace’s prime suspect is Carl Feldman, a photographer, who has been acquitted of the crime and now suffers from dementia. Grace decides that a road trip may jog Carl’s memory.”

Galen Cunniff, Scituate Town Library, Scituate, MA


The Favorite Sister

by Jessica Knoll

Published: 5/15/2018 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781501153198

“Perfect for the reality TV addicted, this book is gossip laden, full of edge, and contains plenty of surprises.”

Sharon Layburn, Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

 


The Ensemble: A Novel

by Aja Gabel

Published: 5/15/2018 by Riverhead
ISBN: 9780735214767

“Set against the backdrop of the highly-competitive and merciless world of classical music, this brilliantly written debut is an exquisite portrait of a group friendship spanning decades. Gabel weaves a lyrical tale of four young musician’s journeys and their complex, yet resilient, relationships with each other. For fans of The Interestings, A Little Life, and A Secret History.”

Mayleen Kelley, JV Fletcher Library, Westford MA

 

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LibraryReads April 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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April 2018 LibraryReads List

Circe

by Madeline Miller

Published: 4/10/2018
by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316556347

Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood, mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological drama or anyone who loves a strong female lead.

McKelle George, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake, UT


Other People’s Houses

by Abbi Waxman

Published: 4/3/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399587924

“The story follows a stay-at-home mom. There is a satisfying rhythm to the book. Crazy things happen, and the next day the kids have to get to school and soccer practice. The shifting point of view, from the mother to various people living in the town is successful in imparting a snarky tone, bringing to life the gossipy small town setting.”

Claire Sherman, Clearwater Countryside Library, Clearwater, FL


All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel

by Peter Swanson

Published: 4/3/2018 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062427052

“The latest from psychological thriller master Swanson is a whirlpool of darkness, taboos, and secrets. When his father commits suicide, Harry Ackerson returns home to Maine. Harry finds more questions than answers as he faces his attractive young stepmother, the attentions of a seductive stranger, and the many questions posed by the local investigators.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY


How to Be Safe: A Novel

by Tom McAllister

Published: 4/3/2018 by Liveright
ISBN: 9781631494130

“This novel uses fiction as a tool to show how guns and violence are affecting contemporary society. Anna’s fictional experiences illustrate the real-life hypocrisy, lack of leadership, and fear of expressing controversial opinions. Great fiction for readers who tend to stay in the nonfiction lane.”

Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI


Then She Was Gone: A Novel

by Lisa Jewell

Published: 4/17/2018 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501154645

“Part psychological fiction, part ghost story, both tragic and uplifting. A decade after the disappearance of her teenage daughter, Laurel Mack meets a charming single father with two daughters, the youngest of whom reminds Laurel deeply of her lost daughter Elle, and she becomes obsessed with her unanswered questions.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT


Unbury Carol: A Novel

by Josh Malerman

Published: 4/10/2018 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399180163

“This horror novel, set in the Old West, is creepy, atmospheric, and suspenseful. A husband has nefarious plans for his comatose wife Carol. James Moxie, a legendary outlaw, sets off on The Trail to save her. Hot on James’ tail is a sinister hit man with a thirst for murder-by-fire and a supernatural entity, Rot, who wants to collect Carol.”

Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL


The Female Persuasion: A Novel

by Meg Wolitzer

Published: 4/3/2018 by Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9781594488405

“A complex coming of age story. A college student finds herself transformed by her experience with a renowned feminist and activist in the center of the women’s movement. This is a story of women finding their way and making mistakes in the world of men. This is a novel that makes you feel and think in equal measures.”

Chris Markley, Hawkins County Libraries, Rogersville, TN


You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

by Curtis Sittenfeld
Published: 4/24/2018 by Random House
ISBN: 9780399592867

“A collection of ten short stories from the author of Eligible. Literary fiction with young adult appeal. Well-developed characters in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form.”

Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix, MI


My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel

by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

Published: 4/3/2018 by Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683690139

“A choose-your-own-adventure romance with Jane Austen flair. You are a spirited but penniless heroine in eighteenth-century society and courtship season has begun. Go!”

Victoria Catron, Neva Lomason Memorial Library,
Carrollton, GA


The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

Published: 4/24/2018 by Crown
ISBN: 9780451495327

“Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa, looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a refugee.”

Janet Kowal, Connetquot Public Library, Bohemia, NY

 

 

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